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Luxury HOA doesnt want investor's renters in the neighborhood

Posted on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 09:01 AM
  
  
  

I have a home in Amelia Island, FL that I purchased 10+ years ago. We had an investor purchase a home in our subdivision. He was renting it by the week since there were no restrictions on rentals. The neighbors in this upscale neighborhood did not like the renting of the house. They asked and the HOA just passed a new rule, by 80% of the voters in the HOA, that rentals will not be allowed for less than 3 months. Am I bound by this since there were no restrictions when I purchased the home and I did not vote for the change?

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Absentee owners renters causing HOA board problems

Posted on Sun, Feb 05, 2012 @ 10:54 AM
  
  
  
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What would you do? I serve on the board of directors for my condo association. I, and other board members are being harassed by a boyfriend of a tenant of one of the homeowners, who now lives on the East Coast. That homeowner refuses to hire a local management company, but also refuses to remedy the situation. If the tenant says that he is not living there, she believes her. If we say that he is there, is causing damage to the building, is harassing board members, is picking fights with other homeowners, creating situations that cause the association to have to spend more money to remedy, she does nothing. We document every event, but often it's difficult to prove that it's him causing the problem. He's not a tenant, but we have no power to do anything about him. Is bringing a lawsuit against the homeowner our solution?

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Absentee owners renters causing HOA board problems

Posted on Sun, Feb 05, 2012 @ 10:54 AM
  
  
  
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What would you do? I serve on the board of directors for my condo association. I, and other board members are being harassed by a boyfriend of a tenant of one of the homeowners, who now lives on the East Coast. That homeowner refuses to hire a local management company, but also refuses to remedy the situation. If the tenant says that he is not living there, she believes her. If we say that he is there, is causing damage to the building, is harassing board members, is picking fights with other homeowners, creating situations that cause the association to have to spend more money to remedy, she does nothing. We document every event, but often it's difficult to prove that it's him causing the problem. He's not a tenant, but we have no power to do anything about him. Is bringing a lawsuit against the homeowner our solution?

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Small condo association needs funds from deadbeat owners now

Posted on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 08:20 AM
  
  
  

My husband and I own a unit in a two unit association. The other owner (who rents out his unit) has left the handling of the condo association entirely up to us, so I maintain the condo bank account and pay all the bills. Our current shared expenses are water/sewer and homeowners insurance so the monthly fee is only $100. The other unit owner has been delinquent in his payments for years and will only occasionally send a check for a partial payment, usually after I have e-mailed and called him several times. He otherwise never responds to my messages or communicates with us in anyway.

We finally consulted a lawyer about how best to deal with the situation and he recommended we write a letter to the other owner detailing his payment history (or lack thereof) with the current amount owed and a suggested payment schedule of a 3rd of the the total plus the current month's fee for the next 3 months in order to get caught up or enforce the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 183A and direct his tenants to pay rent to the association until his fees were payed in full. Shortly after we sent this letter (by Regular, Certified Mail and E-Mail) we discovered his tenants were moving out and it was too late to get rent from them.

While the other unit owner did send a check for the first installment o f the payment plan we'd provided about a month later, he's yet to pay a single cent since and is now in arrears almost as much as when we sent the letter. The other owner had apparently been trying to sell his unit for several months but it is now off the market and new renters just moved in. However, the renters appear to be buddies with the owner and we're wondering if they'll be reluctant to pay the rent to the association. I just received the invoice for our home owner's insurance and we are about $600 short of the amount in the condo account. Plus a water pipe in our basement looks in serious need of repair and we need to have some shingles replaced on the roof so we really need the money now.

So to sum up: my questions are basically: How do we go about collecting rent from the renters? Do we just show them a copy of the letter and condo docs? What if they don't take it seriously or think we're trying to scam them? Should we just go ahead and file a lien on the other unit? If we end up having to pay out-of-pocket to cover the Home Owner's Insurance and house repairs, is their anyway to guarantee that we'll be reimbursed?

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Does California condo law allow board to charge renter fee to owner?

Posted on Tue, Nov 01, 2011 @ 06:48 AM
  
  
  

Does anyone know condo law in California? We wanted to charge a fee to any owner who rents out his unit but someone has said this is illegal in California. Some of our units are rented to university students. This increases the water use, for one thing, because they have their friends over to take showers and do laundry. They also break the parking, noise and pool use rules which puts a burden on the board to enforce the rules. Any help would be appreciated. I can't find a citation regarding this law. I know several condos do charge fees. Does anyone have any experience with this?

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Condo association rejects owners hardship status to rent unit

Posted on Sun, Oct 30, 2011 @ 06:50 AM
  
  
  
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I am the owner/trustee of my deceased mother's condo in Illinois. I have had it on the market for the past 9 months and have lowered the listing price 5 times to be competitive with the current market. Still no sale. Our bylaws state we cannot rent, but there are two units on the premises that went into foreclosure and the condo association is now renting them - one is occupied and the other is on the rental listing. Why can the condo board rent and I can't? I sent the condo board an email requesting a "hardship exemption" as suggested by the management company - the condo board flatly denied me stating they don't feel it's a hardship - mind you this statement was made without any knowledge on their part of my financial situation. HELP! What, if anything, can I do?

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Does condo association allow renters to live amongst them?

Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:03 AM
  
  
  
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Our 11 unit condo building does not allow renters and all owners are current on HOA dues. We just sold a unit at full price 475K for 2K sq ft. Some owners want to allow rental units.  I think there is momentum in that direction I am president of the HOA - my personal feelings are strongly against renters. Our by laws do not permit renters. Your thoughts and views most appreciated. Steve

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Why cant renters have guests at condo association swimming pool?

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 @ 06:01 AM
  
  
  
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My husband and I are renting a unit in a quiet condo complex. The majority of the owners here are older people who rarely use amenities. My problem lies with our restricted use of the pool. Is the Condo Association allowed to restrict us to zero guests at the pool? They've told us we may use it but that we cannot have any guests (I had tried to bring my younger sisters). Seeing as how the pool is really only used by one person in the entire complex, I don't see a problem with us using it once in a while, especially since we pay the association fees that cover pool maintenance. The association president told me that renters aren't allowed guests in an effort to keep the pool area from being vandalized. (I guess because I happen to prefer renting over ownership, that means I have no respect for common areas or association property.) Are they allowed to do this? Or am I entitled to the same amount of guests as the condo owners? I know several of my neighbors and none of them have a problem with my well-behaved siblings using the amenities when they're in my care.

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Condo owner refuses to pay association's renter application fee

Posted on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 @ 06:18 AM
  
  
  
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My mother owns a condo in Seminole, Florida. A few months ago she moved to an assisted living facility as she is 90 years old. I have rented her condo to a friend of hers to cover the monthly association fees. The condo association wants $100 for an application fee (credit check and background check) for the renter. I maintain that renter's financial status is none of there concern as she pays nothing to the association. My mother pays the monthly fee, has paid it for 12 years, is current and has never made a late payment. I have given them a copy of the renter's Drivers License to verify that she is over 55 years of age. Also I have a letter of reference from a local children's services organization stating that this tenant is trustworthy, etc, and has had extensive background checks in order for her to work with children. They insist that we must pay the $100 even though I have given them all the information required and they need to do nothing. When I asked the building president what the $100 was for, she said she "didn't know"! My question is, can they make the tenant leave if they have all the information about her for their office file but we refuse to pay the $100?

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Can HOAs protect themselves from the economy's renter nation

Posted on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 06:14 AM
  
  
  
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Our economy seems to be making us a "renter nation" for now. When Units change ownership, as part of the sale and title transfer process, do HOA's have any latitude to require "live in owners"? It seems HOA's are vulnerable even more now to drifting away from being a community of "home owners". This also affects mortgage availability as "live in owner" to total Units ratios drop.

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